Expression of emotions and thoughts through the use of colors, symbolism and non verbal communication are at the core of the art workshop. Through a series of consecutive activities, the children produce artistic tools related to their concept of self, the differences and similarities they see in others as related to themselves, and concepts of safety, as well as reflections on individual family dynamics. During 2008, an interactive activities manual entitled “The Power of Color” was developed, consisting of successive exercises that promote child safety through the use of art.
Drawing is a child-friendly mode of communication through which children can express their feelings and thoughts more freely and easily than through verbal expression. The Workshop aims to empower children with another tool for self-expression where they can verbalize their ideas, conflicting emotions and feelings of happiness, sadness, anger, and relaxation. Through newly accessible tools of colorful painting and printing techniques, collages, clay formation and puppet-making, children can transform white sheets of paper into an infinite space where they unleash their inner reflections.
For children who are at risk of being abused or have experienced abuse, trauma or loss, drawing helps to externalize painful emotions and events that are difficult to verbalize, and is an effective means through which children are able to convey the complexities of unspoken fears, anxieties, painful experiences, repressed memories or guilt. Drawings expediently bring out issues to the surface, thus accelerating the helping professional’s ability to prevent at-risk children from being abused and to intervene and assist troubled and abused children.
Children active in the Workshop are also given the opportunity to participate in national, pan-Arab and international competitions and exhibitions, which is an acknowledgement of their work and enhances a sense of achievement.
Over the years, QRFCC has developed programs that target parents as well as children, with the aim of working holistically and empowering all members of the family unit. Parents, whose role is significant in the empowerment and protection of their children, are also served under the Workshop. QRFCC complements its prevention activities by providing specialized programs which promote parent-child communication, improve positive child-rearing practices and positive family dynamics. Through these programs, parents acquire new and different information which will help them understand their children’s developmental needs through joint activities using various means.